New Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has been known to run his mouth from time to time. The Saints reportedly want to limit how much Ryan can run his mouth to the media.
Andy Fenelon, a senior editor at NFL.com, wrote on Twitter that Ryan’s contract with the Saints says Ryan can’t talk to the press unless he gets approval from Saints Vice President of Communications Greg Bensel.
Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post saw that report and responded that it would be a violation of the NFL media policy, which requires assistant coaches to be available to the media at certain designated times.
Something doesn’t add up here. The NFL wouldn’t approve a contract that contained terms violating the NFL’s own rules, so if Ryan’s contract violates the NFL’s media policies, then the league office is going to have something to say about it. I have requested a comment from Bensel about whether he really does have to give prior approval before Ryan can talk to the media.
UPDATE 12:55 p.m. ET: Bensel says the report is 100 percent false.